The Act of Love

20 min readFeb 1, 2023

Juliet is a frustrated actress whose dreams have turned into ashes. She’s struggling along at a small theatre company but is confused, especially because she finds herself attracted to the character her co-lead, Jack, is playing, but not Jack himself.

He believes that she’s in love with him, but she wants to untangle the crossed wires so she can satisfy her desire before the run of performances finishes and the character is lost forever.

Written by Odette Haynes
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“No, I can’t let it end this way, I won’t let it end this way,” he said, moving towards her, his arms outstretched and his eyes pleading, glistening with the wetness of tears. She turned away from his fleeting grasp and closed her eyes, trying to shut out the conflicting emotions raging within her soul.

“It just won’t work, whatever we had, we lost. It can’t come back,” she said, her voice trembling, trying to hold back the tears. Silence passed between them, and then he moved forward, and placed his hands around her shoulders.

“Yes it can. There’s no time in life when we have to let go of our emotions. Things change, people change, we change, but we can still remember what he had, and we can revive it. I know things haven’t been easy and we’ve both made mistakes, but we don’t have to throw it all away. Look…



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